April 17, 2024

Welcome to the all new River Rat Country! We play REAL country music for Northwest Ohio and the world right here at RiverRatCountry.com, the River Rat Country App for Apple and Android, we’re also on Alexa by telling Alexa to enable River Rat Country. Currently, we are not found on the FM dial (we like freedom)!

Many people ask us what we mean by REAL country. Traditional! River Rat Country plays country music the record companies in Nashville and corporate radio stations have turned away. If you love the steel guitar and fiddle, you’ll get it here. We’re heavy on Classic Country, ’80s country, ’90s country, and bluegrass. Twice an hour you’ll hear new country music with twang from artists like the Turnpike Troubadours, Mickey Lamantia, Zach Bryan, Aaron Watson, and Cody Jinks. You’ll also hear new music from legends like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, George Strait, and others that country radio has abandoned.

We also come with an extremely familiar line up of local air talent including Cliff Smithers, who spent many years at K-100 and WRQN. You can hear Cliff weekdays 10a-2p. London Mitchell, yes THEE London Mitchell, provides top of the hour news updates every weekday from 5a until noon. He also hosts Staying in Contact, which runs every Friday from 9 until 9:15, it is also available as a podcast!

Here’s the story the Toledo Blade did on Cliff something to River Rat Country!

Country Insider also did a story about Cliff!

London was also featured when he came to help us out!

I may be less familiar, my name is Josh David. I run River Rat Country out of, what I call, the Broadcast Barn in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Yes, it’s a literal barn. I was in radio for 15 years between Toledo, Petoskey, Grand Rapids (Michigan), and a station out west. You can hear my show 6a-10a weekdays.

The NW Ohio Broadcast Barn!

All of us volunteer our time and work other full time jobs. Why? Because we all love radio, we love country music, and most of all we love the Northwest Ohio country music listeners who were abandoned by choices made by the big corporate companies.

Most of what you hear on River Rat Country is inspired by the late Gary Shores and the magic he brought to the Toledo airwaves. Gary was very compilatory of River Rat Country and it’s my hope that we can live up to his standards of country radio broadcasting.

All of us hope you enjoy what you hear!

If you’re interested in advertising, please reach out at RiverRatOhio@gmail.com. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

River Rat Country is owned by whatsajosh Productions, a sole proprietorship in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Thanks for listening!

Josh David

Program Director, River Rat Country